St. FX University is hosting a Climate and Democracy Week; a series of events that will feature local and internationally renowned climate leaders participating in talks, workshops and other activities.
The opening ceremony Thursday includes the launching of a Climate Strategy Working Group, with St. FX President Dr. Kevin Wamsley, Paqtnkek Chief PJ Prosper, Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher and Antigonish County Warden Owen McCarron.
On Friday there will be a People’s School on Climate Change at the Coady Institute’s Dennis Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.
One of the organizers of Climate and Democracy Week is Dr. Corrine Cash, Coady Institute senior program staff; and facilitator of the university’s Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment Program. Cash says she wanted to bring back a People’s School, one that her great uncle Father Thomas Boyle was a part of. Boyle was a good friend of Father Moses Coady, one of the arichitects of the Antigonish Movement.
Aside from the panel members, Cash says she wants to harness the knowledge of people that are attending the event on how climate change is impacting their lives.
A second weekend People’s School will be held on Saturday from 10 until 3:30 at the Antigonish Library with concurrent sessions on ecology and faith, a children’s art house, climate and public health, and the experience of international students from the Bahamas on being climate refugees.